THURSDAY 24 APRIL
Relocating to AMWELL'S GREAT HARDMEAD LAKE, and arriving at the same time as local birder Jason Ward, I was very pleased to find the REEVE still present for a third day. The bird was showing very well from the lower viewpoint but was constantly pestered by Lapwing and Common Redshank - so much so that she eventually flew to the far island.
EGYPTIAN GOOSE was an Amwell 'tick' for me, with 3 of the 5 recent birds still being present, while other waterfowl present included 5 Great Crested Grebe, 35 Sinensis, 8 Gadwall, 2+ Teal, drake Shoveler, 31 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard and a lingering drake Eurasian Wigeon. A pair of Oystercatchers was seemingly nesting on the main island at the south end, with 4 Common Redshanks, 45+ Black-headed Gull, the heavily bleached first-year Herring Gull and 8 Common Terns present. A nice selection of warblers now on site with 3+ Cetti's, 3 Sedge, 2 male Common Whitethroat, 2 Common Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcap.
The 3 Egyptian Geese
The heavily worn Herring Gull
I finished the day at WOODOAKS FARM (MAPLE CROSS) where this stunning male WHINCHAT was gracing the fenceline